Daily Devotional – 1/7/19 “Let them talk, you be healed!”

I’ve never been the victim of abuse, sexual or otherwise. I’ve never had to sit across the table from the person who victimized me or hid scars. I’ve never had to deal with folk calling me a liar for telling my story. I’ve never had to look at the eyes of pity from folk who said they cared. I’ve never had phone calls to go unanswered by those who said they’d be there. I’ve never been fearful in my own home and I’ve never been violated but some of you have been and it saddens me how quick folk are to judge and criticize. This is why I had to take a moment to tell those of you who have been abused … don’t let anyone silence your story. I don’t care if it happened 1, 6, 18, 24 or 52 years ago, if you never told anyone before or if your abuser has never been brought to justice; tell your story. You have a right because no one knows the hell you’ve been through, neither how you survived with your mind still intact. Moreover, when you tell your story, you become the defeater and not the defeated. Stop allowing folk who have never walked a foot in your shoes, quiet you. They weren’t there the days and the nights you had to suffer. They aren’t there the nights the nightmares will not let you rest. They are not there when the smell of a familiar cologne can trigger the pain you try to hide. They don’t have to deal with the fear you have, now that you’ve become a parent. They don’t know but they’ll talk. LET THEM! But while they talk, you tell your story and heal. While they talk, you do the work to forgive. While they talk, you do what needs to be done to become whole again. Let them talk, you be healed.

Bible shares in Proverbs 12:19, “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”

Dear God,
I thank you for another chance. Now, I ask for you to rain down strength on all those who have been or are in the midst of abuse. Give them strength to tell their story and not be ashamed but more importantly, give them strength to be healed. Healed from the sleepless nights and the crying days. Healed from the fear of what other thinks and from the judgmental lips and critical eyes of those who don’t know their pain. Heal from thinking they aren’t good enough or that it was their fault. Bind their suicidal thoughts and give them the comfort. Cover and protect their mind, body and soul. God, you have the power and I know you didn’t make us to suffer in silence. Cripple the hands of the abuser and bring swift justice to those who deserve it. By your might God, I pray.
Amen.

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Daily Devotional – 6/10/14 “Open your mouth!”

Your marriage is suffering because you and your husband are too scared to tell your parents to butt out. Your relationship with the children is going to hell because you’re too afraid of hurting their feelings when you should be the adult. You keep praying for God to remove the enemy from around you yet you’re still sleeping with him or her because you’re scared to roll over and tell them it’s over. Your grown kids are causing havoc in your home because you’re too scared to put their tail out. You can’t even go out if you wanted too because your daughter keeps dropping her kids off but tell her no every once in a while. You keep allowing your family to drain you dry because you’re fearful of telling them no sometime. Baby, God gave you a mouth to use, use it! Stop letting folk kill your dreams, rain on your parade, surround you with their pity and fill you up with their foolishness. When will you say enough is enough? Open your mouth! You’re quick to tell the pastor the mistake he made but you walk around on egg shells in your own house. You get to your job and won’t open your mouth when folk do you wrong but let Sis. So & So step on your toe in church and you’re ready to fight. Stop holding stuff in when things aren’t right because if you’re right in what you’re saying, my bible tells me in Proverbs 12:19, “The one who tells the truth will endure forever, but the one who lies will last only for a moment.” If you aren’t happy say so. If you’re sad, say that too. If you aren’t being fed spiritually, say it and if you don’t understand what is being taught (God’s word), say that too for the bible says we are destroyed for the lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Open your mouth and declare that the enemy has to flee. Open your mouth and take back that which has been taken by the enemy. Open your mouth and declare victory over sicknesses and debts. Open your mouth and declare yourself victorious. Open your mouth and declare that you shall be first and not last. Open your mouth and declare that this promotion is yours. Open your mouth and declare that there is no limit with God. Open your mouth and declare that everything that is meant for you shall be. Open your mouth and declare with the faith that it’s already done and it will be. Open your mouth and take back your home, your children, your career, your passion, your living and your giving. Open your mouth and declare it! For my bible tells me, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light; Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10.”

(My personal testimony but I’ll share it …)
For I am chosen, even in this mean world, I am royalty; I belong to God which means I can declare His praises, for it was God who called me; it was God who turned my darkness into light; it was God who chose me! Before I was nobody now I am just who God declares I am. Before I had an office of mess but now I have a ministry of God’s mercy. Before I was who man called me but oh when God called my name He called me chosen!